Monday, May 28, 2007

Infant's Language Insights

Today, I ran across this easy-to-read article on MSN Health titled "Infants stun scientists with ‘amazing' insights" It discusses a new study which claims that infants are able to tell the difference between two languages and discriminate between many sounds that adults are unable to. An interesting concept from the article is that language is a "multimedia" experience. The article states,
"...language isn't just hearing or seeing a word 'rose.' We immediately relate that word to a rose's sight, touch and smell, even the sight of a person saying that word."

Something to definitely keep in mind when working with learners of any age group--language learning should stimulate all of our senses and this should help to make connections and memories of the language and its use.

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